11th Day Of Home TrainingPosted: September 27, 2010 | |
Well it’s the 11th day of home training already. God I can’t believe it. Sometimes I still imagine that I am still on class lol.
Well I had a great weekend. I didn’t do much on Saturday, but on Sunday I took Ushi for a free run.
We went quite late yesterday afternoon. I got her Halty on before we were ready to go. On the way to the park though, my dad noticed that it started to ride up towards her eyes. I don’t think this is meant to happen. I probably put it on the wrong way, but I will ask my instructors when they come later.
Ushi did wonderful obedience, while I was preparing to let her off. She went straight over to some grass, and stood there for ages just sniffing, before she started to run. Unfortunately, every person and his dog decided to be there as we walked. She had a good play with some other doggies, but I called her back, as there was a dog that kind of growled at her. She was grand though. I met a couple of people who said that they sponsored guide dog puppies and all. I thought that was really good, and told them so. They were really fascinated by how good she was, even though she was rather excited by the other dogs, I managed to hold her which was good. I let her off again, and she had a wail of a time. It was only a short run though as we were needing to be back.
She was great at walking beside me, and I asked her to “find home” just to see what would happen. She found it, but i’m not sure if it was just because she saw my sister going in, or because we stopped.
She managed to lose her bells on the run, but thankfully my sister found them. I hope they don’t come off again. Any tips for getting them to stay on the play collar?
I am now sitting waiting for the instructors to come. They are coming at about 10 o’clock. I just thought i’d start writing this blog now. I think they are leaving the harness at the door again which is good. I will let you know how the walk goes!
I’m just back from my first walk of the day. We went down to the shop again. The instructors left the harness shortly after 10 o’clock, and I was ready to go. As soon as I had come off the phone with my instructor (she phoned to say the harness was outside), Ushi was up and ready to go! She must have known!
As we were walking along, a man stopped me to ask me how long I had been training the dog, and how long I had her. He then asked about my sight, and then he asked where I was going. I told him, and he was like “ah so you’re gonna get the papers?” lol. I told him though that I had to get going, as i didn’t want to keep the instructors waiting. I thanked him for the chat, and was on my way. It was nice of him to come up and talk to me, without really bothering with Ushi which was good. I walked on without a problem, until we got to our first crossing point. I told her right, but for some odd reason after we got to tactile paving, she went straight to a kerb on our right. I didn’t know that kerb was there! She got her front paws up on that kerb, and I thought “this doesn’t feel right”. So I stood for a minute and listened to the traffic. I then tried to get her to go straight on, but she wouldn’t go. So i did a “back” turn, and got to the tactile again. This time I just told her “straight on” again, and eventually she went straight on. I still wasn’t sure if i was going the right direction, but I eventually found my zebra
crossing, and it was like Yes i’m deffinetly here. We went on without an incident.
We came back the way too, and again the only problem we had was that we couldn’t find the door again. When i found it, i gave her loads of praise.
The instructors said that there was no reason for her to go to that misterious kerb, and that it was like a “C” shape. They said that she should have kept going straight on. So at least I discovered the kerb which is good for the future.
Apart from that, it was a pritty good walk.
I’ve got to go though now for my second walk.
Well the second walk wasn’t that good. Well it was up until a point….
Shortly after we started out on our second walk, we got to our usual “down kerb” that we get to where we turn right. We then get to the next kerb, and should go straight across the road. There was a man cleaning out his car to the left of me when I was facing this kerb. I don’t know if this threw me, or if i just wasn’t paying attention, but I gave Ushi the “forward” command. It is quite short before we get to the up kerb on the other side of the road, but we kept going on the road, until we ended up facing home again from the other side of the road. In fact we were on the same road as where home is. I could tell that it wasn’t right, so I just stopped, and my instructor came over. She said that it would have been rather difficult to get back on track. Basically, I would have to cross the road again, so that I was on the other side, then do the first rounded kerb again. It was rather complicated, but when i got it, i was soon back on track. I don’t know why that happened, considering I always did it, and got it no problem. It was probably a combination of us both not paying attention, and the noise of that guy hoovering his car, or what. It’s probably something we’ll never figure out lol.
The rest of the walk was great though. That was a pritty major mistake though to walk across the guiding road! I did that the other day too though where I forgot to turn at my kerb. It was a different kerb than today though. Since the other day, I have always remembered my turn, so I hope I remember not to veer across the guiding road! Luckily enough, it was a quiet road. I would like to hope that I would have heard cars if it was busy traffic! I would be extremely worried if i didn’t have the sense not to do it when there was busy traffic!
When we were coming back, we managed to “find home” no problem! We went into the car for a bit after this, as the instructor wanted to do some more paperwork with me.
First of all, my instructor showed me a map of what she had done with string and cardboard, to show me the route. She said that each time you turn, you start a new guiding road, thus a new straight line. The straight line is your guiding road. She showed me what would happen if i went left instead of right. She said that at each road, you have a crossroads sort of to choose from. You can go straight on, bringing you across a road, or else you can turn right or left, or do a “back” turn, to go back the way you came. There was only one kerb i had trouble visualising. I think it helped though having it cut out in cardboard. My instructor wants me to be aware of where the guiding road is at all times. It was easier on the cardboard, cause I was able to work out the actual shape of the route.
Next, we looked at what is known as the “guide dog owners” report. This is for my instructor to know how the dog is getting on. She said it wasn’t to monotor me, but it was to make sure the dog was doing okay, and to make sure that I was able to control her and that. These reports are done once a month, and they are either done on computer, by phone, or by post. I have asked for it to be done by email, as then I can fill it in myself. They are only done for the first 6 months. It is to know the routes that you do and that. It is nothing bad at all. It is just to keep a record of how your dog is doing in general.
That was us finished for the day after that.
I mentioned about the halty riding up towards her eyes, but they said that it was meant to move, and as long as I wasn’t pulling too hard on her. I said that I wasn’t, and that i just had the lead but pulled gently on it. They said that because Ushi has quite a small head, the smaller halty wouldn’t fit her. Trust Ushi to be a bit of an oddball when it comes to things like halties! I said that I wanted to make sure I was putting it on right, and she said that I probably was, but would see this week if i was. We were going to do it today, but we decided not to bother since we did all that stuff about the guiding road and such.
Hopefully tomorrow will be okay again. They were pritty minor mistakes though, which was good. Not like this time
Where everything seemed to go wrong.
I should be qualified soon though! What a fun day that will be! Here’s hoping it will be soon.